Vegan Cake Shake, Rattle & Roll!

There comes a time in every girl’s life when cupcakes just aren’t good enough anymore. It happened to me, anyway. Sad, I know… but I decided to face this challenging life event by taking one of my most popular cupcakes – the Vegan Elvis Comeback Special – and turning it into a tall, frosty milkshake.

I won’t waste your time explaining the how and why because I made this nice video to waste your time with instead:

The ice cream requires several hours to set up, so I made mine one day ahead.

For the dairy-free peanut butter ice cream you’ll need:

  • 2 cups coconut (or any other non-dairy) milk
  • 3/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (or DIY it with this recipe)
  • 1 Tbs pure vanilla extract

Then you:

Stir the milk, peanut butter and sugar together over medium heat in a medium-sized sauce pan. Everything should melt together as you stir – bring it to a boil and stir briskly to make sure all the sugar melts. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Refrigerate for 2 hours, or until chilled. Follow the directions on your ice cream maker to freeze. I use the KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment so it takes about 20 minutes to churn. Stick that in the freezer to firm up.

For the cupcakes you’ll need:

  • 1 mashed ripe banana
  • 1 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped dark chocolate or vegan chocolate chips, chopped

Then you:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line your pan with paper liners. (You don’t have to make cupcakes – you can also bake this batter in an 8″ square pan or 9″ round.)
Smash the banana with a fork – it just needs to be smooshed, but it doesn’t have to be liquid.
Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar into a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the oil, milk, vanilla, almond and mashed banana. Stir or fold the wet ingredients into the dry, but don’t over mix or you’ll get tough cupcakes. Small lumps are fine. Finally, add the chocolate, folding gently. (You could also leave the chocolate out of the cake and add it to the shake at the end.)
Fill liners 2/3 full. Bake 20-22 minutes or until the tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack.

Finally you:

Throw one cupcake in the blender along with 2-3 scoops of ice cream and a splash of non-dairy milk. I went with coconut throughout because it adds a nice sweet flavor. I topped mine with Soyatoo Vegan Whipped Cream, although Melisser tells me that the mix is better because you can add sugar to taste. Topped with a cherry and poured into my Cake Boss pint glass this was a dessert fit for The King.

Thank you, thank you very much.


  1. Cute, witty, and OMG that shake looks some kind of yummy! Good luck! Pretty sure you would have made the king proud!

  2. you rock, did elvis like reeses peanut buteer cups?

  3. give big daddy dan a big kiss from me.
    next time more tatoos, and cow bells, more cow bells.

  4. GREAT video…..I will be bookmarking, the recipes sound fantabulous!

  5. We need to have these again this weekend and maybe some of those cookies from last night to dip in it….

  6. yum times infinity <3

  7. Gotta love the shades… style AND skills!

  8. Yum! Looks delicious Natalie! Great job on the video too. Good luck!

  9. That looks like so much fun! Will be trying this for sure 😀

  10. YUMMY! The only thing I didn’t like about this video was not getting a taste. Definitely tv worthy! Tell Buddy I said hello when you win!

  11. This shake sounds amazing! And, you did awesome in the video! No destroying the competition now… give us a chance! :)

  12. That looked amazing and fun! Can’t wait to try it.

    Thank you….thank you very much!

  13. One. You’re fabulous, and I’m so sad you’re not closer to the East Coast. (sad panda) Two. I love that I can finally put a voice and attitude to the writing. Three. Looks delicious, I’ll be making it soon. and Four. Keep it up, I adore you.

  14. Sweet! If you shoot it again the only thing I would suggest is maybe brighter lighting?? Otherwise it’s fun and the shake looks delicious! When do we vote on TLC?

  15. love the video, natalie! can’t wait to give this one a try (if summer ever makes it to the northwest!)

  16. Love it, I’m gluten intolerant so will definitely be making some gluten free vegan elvis comeback special cupcakes!! (longest cupcake title EVER)
    I also love your kitchen!!

  17. That looks delicious and I love the video! I’ve been looking for some delicious vegan dessert recipes. I’m definitely going to try this one.

  18. I love this…great idea!
    We heart all things dairy free!

    Thank you for the CP!

  19. Yes, a conversation between you and Buddy would be well worth hearing/reading!!!

  20. I have to try this some time, this is a great video and you are fantastic! Kudos!

  21. Excellent Vid!
    Good luck on getting to chat w/Buddy… you deserve it!

  22. What a great video!!!! I can’t wait to try your recipe- our 8 year old watched it with me and said, that doesn’t look too hard….let’s get an ice cream maker tomorrow
    Good luck!

  23. Just watched it again ’cause you’re so dreamy! Love the video, and your kitchen is killer.

  24. aMaZiNg !

    most creative and witty. i’m pretty sure i heard ‘the King’ roll over, but only HE made a hotter Elvis.! 😉

    original, quick, & easy. what else can u ask for? i will surely be trying this one out with the family. thanks so much for bringing great tasting vegan recipes to light! i had found yer site by accident, but will keep checking back often.! keep up the hard work.

    DESTROY them ALL !

  25. HAHAHAHA this was awesome… I’m making this on Saturday, during my “doing nothing but whatever the hell I want to” day.

  26. You win. I’d enjoy that. The exact same way, with the stainless straw, coconut milk, and everything.
    You’re a natural. You were born to bake.

  27. Love the recipe, love your kitchen, love your Elvis impression. If you don’t win then I’ll lose what faith I have left in TLC!

  28. I have been searching for this information and finally found it. Thanks!

  29. Natalie, you are totally my favourite. This is adorable.


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